The 33-year-old veteran all-rounder, who is now in the camp for 20 probables in Chittagong last appeared in a Test match against England at home in November 2003, has been in prolific form, turning in solid performances for Dhaka in the National League this season and could emerge as a strong contender for a Test berth.
Mahmud has amassed 440 runs from seven matches at an impressive average of 55 and scalped 24 wickets in the domestic first-class competition.
Sources close to the selectors indicated that they are likely to pick five seamers for the tour that includes three three-day matches in the lead-up to the two Tests.
Young quickie Shahadat Hossain is certain to get the nod. Mashrafee-Bin-Mortuza and Tapash Baisyabeside are automatic choices while Talha Jubair's minor injury scare is a worry for the selectors .
Fledging opener Shahriar Nafees, could get a look-in as cover for Nafees Iqbal -- who has been suffering from a back pain. Nafees, who showed his mettle during Bangladesh A team's tour of England and Zimbabwe, will also fill the long-time absence of a specialist left-handed batsman in the side.
Bangladesh will leave England next month for their first full series with the first Test starting at Lord's on May 26.